I would hope that many of you had jobs before coming to college, which means you have already had an interview or two in the books. However, let’s amp up your interview style to make it more #adult like.
Specifically, I want to talk about business causal attire for interviews because to me, that term is confusing. What do I wear? A suit? A skirt suit? A dress? Slacks? WHAT?! To start off, I of course search Pinterest for ideas in terms of what to wear for business casual, because Pinterest is always the place to go!
I do want to warn you, business professional and even casual clothes can be pricey, so save your money! I would suggest buying things here and there when you have the money and to slowly start accumulating your business wardrobe. Some essentials would be:
- Nude/black tights
- Simple black heels
- Black pencil skirt/slacks
- Colored blouse
For the longest time I had 1 interview outfit that I would wear to every interview. I didn’t have 100 different outfits let alone 2 different blouses. So start small and build overtime. To help with the costs I would recommend shopping at places like TJ Maxx to find really nice items for half the cost.
When it comes to what kind of makeup to wear to an interview I always go for the KISS which stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. Go simple, no bright colors, no flashy makeup, just simple. I might add a slight color on my lids but nothing that is too bright or distracting.
Jewelry is definitely a yes when it comes to interview attire! But seal it with the KISS. Go for a statement necklace and a nice watch with simple earrings. That’s perfect!
I’m always debating on hair up or hair down when it comes to interviews. A simple mid level pony tail that is slicked back can be very professional, but so can a sleep straightened look! My advice is to go with whichever one you feel more comfortable in and whichever hairstyle compliments your jewelry, makeup, and outfit.
My advice always is to be confident in what you are wearing! Pick a power outfit that makes you feel powerful! The outfit that makes you strut down the hallway and checking yourself out in the mirror. You want to feel good about yourself going into an interview. You don’t want to be wearing something uncomfortable because then you will be uncomfortable and the interview will be uncomfortable.
Good luck on all of your interviews!!! I hope you get the job or internship you’ve been dreaming of!